We’ve all been told what we should eat to build muscle, but what shouldn’t we eat? It’s a much longer list, and as such, it’s hard to avoid them all. The phrase ‘everything in moderation’ comes to mind, and be sure to adhere to it!
Consider this post your diet and muscle growth checklist - you can lift all you want, but your diet will make all the difference!
What foods should I seek out?
Before we get to the bad stuff, here’s a quick overview of the good stuff.
It goes without saying that meats, dairy and staple foods should be the core focus of your diet, and this notion holds true in any scenario. Chicken, eggs, milk, yogurt, potatoes, pasta and rice should be the first items on your shopping list every single week.
In terms of diet plans, recipes and meal ideas, that’s really down to you. You could browse an online resource like The Fitness Recipes, make up your own or ask a fellow bodybuilder.
At the end of the day, as long as you’re getting these foods in your diet, you can’t go wrong. There’s no golden meal idea or diet plan.
So, here are the products you should be avoiding, if possible:
1. Breakfast cereals
Specifically, those sugary ones that are coated in chocolate and sugar. They may taste nice, but they could do more harm than good, especially if you want to pack on quality muscle and not fat.
2. Fruit juices
Ask yourself this: how much fruit juice do you consume when you eat an orange or an apple? Now put that against how much juice is in a glass. Compared to a regular piece of fruit, drinking a glass of juice is an extreme excess of sugar.
3. Margarine and butter
At the end of the day, these products are just fat. And do they really make that sandwich taste better? Do they really impact that jacket potato? It’s an extraneous inclusion to most meals, so consider cutting it out.
4. Ketchup, mayonnaise & others